8 Ingredients for increasing Literacy and 21st Century Skills

Students who access and use libraries and their contents – both librarians and books – outperform those students who rarely or never use libraries.  I am inspired from this quote from the article:  It’s About Access. This is particularly because it outlines 2 very powerful words:  Access and Use. Access and use of effective and appropriateContinue reading “8 Ingredients for increasing Literacy and 21st Century Skills”

6 Reasons to Promote 21st Century Skills vs 21st Century Tech

“Any educator that aims at completeness must be at once theoretical and practical, intellectual and moral.” Aldous Huxley, Words and Their Meaning, 1940. There are many skills that go into creating that ‘complete’ learning experience that we want for our students. Theory, practical, intellectual and moral principles all play important roles in the development ofContinue reading “6 Reasons to Promote 21st Century Skills vs 21st Century Tech”

Technology Awareness in the Primary Grades

It is important for Educators to help students build a Positive Online Presence. Especially with our younger and younger students who are becoming involved with the Internet and Social Media at growing rates. Most students have some kind of difficulty with self-management throughout childhood. But, this is to be expected with children. They simply lack theContinue reading “Technology Awareness in the Primary Grades”

FNMI, eLearning and Culturally Relevant Education

https://flic.kr/p/jS3h The FNMI populations across North America are incredibly diverse, both linguistically and culturally. With literally hundreds of different First Nations and Aboriginal populations, we are faced with many challenges with regards to how we can adequately preserve Indigenous knowledge and ways of living within Canada. In our Western world, standardized, results-based practices, measurement, andContinue reading “FNMI, eLearning and Culturally Relevant Education”

5 Considerations for Welcoming Environments in our Schools

Fostering welcoming environments in education is essential for improving learning and engagement. Schools can help acknowledge students by representing their cultural diversity. This can be done by embedding cultural symbols, and practices into our buildings, classrooms, and online environments that serve to help make students and parents feel welcome and important. However, it is aContinue reading “5 Considerations for Welcoming Environments in our Schools”

13 Strategies to Promote Equity and Diversity in the Classroom For First Nations, Metis & Inuit Students

The FNMI populations across North America are incredibly diverse, both linguistically and culturally. With literally hundreds of different First Nations and Aboriginal populations, we are faced with many challenges with regards to how we can adequately preserve Indigenous knowledge and ways of living within Canada. Indigenous populations are also the fastest growing populations in Canada.Continue reading “13 Strategies to Promote Equity and Diversity in the Classroom For First Nations, Metis & Inuit Students”

10 Reasons to Educate Elementary Students about Social Media

  It is always interesting to me, to find out that more and more of our younger students are becoming involved with the Internet and Social Media. Due to their developmental age, most students have some kind of difficulty with self-management throughout childhood. But, this is to be expected with children. They simply lack the maturity,Continue reading “10 Reasons to Educate Elementary Students about Social Media”